Christians complain about a deteriorating culture, and we love to rant about the evil of our day. But when it comes down to actually doing something, too often we sit back in our armchairs and continue complaining. Here’s a way to make a difference…
I lead an exciting academic ministry, one that promotes “thinking, speaking and persuading” in profound ways. It depends largely on donations from good people who want to be a part of it. Here’s what Training Minds Ministry does.
We host debate camps to train young people and their parents in the art of persuasion. Specifically, TMM has successfully trained students competing in various speech and debate leagues. Such training we believe is a spiritual journey, our key verse being 1 Peter 1:13, “Train the mind for action,” a mandate for Christians to strengthen the muscle of the mind. I believe there is no better academic activity than debate to train young people how to think, speak and persuade. If you ever have the chance to see the outcome of our training camps, you would see that we are raising up a generation of the sharpest thinkers in the world. Visit our website and you’ll see what we mean!
But don’t take our word for it. Our Testimonials Page stems back to 2005, filled with young people and their parents making the best of comment toward the ministry of training minds. Click through and read these outstanding, first-hand accounts of how we are training young minds for action.
Camps are fun, testimonies are nice, but validation time comes at competition. When these kids hit the tournament decked out in their suits and speaking their convictions from the lectern, they are soaring! Just last weekend, we had our first National Qualifier in Monument. We’re proud to report that 7/8 semifinalists were alumni of our camps (see results here). It’s not surprising, really. Those who “train the mind for action” typically end up succeeding. (See our Success Page for results dating back to 2008)
Want to support this ministry? I sure hope so. You can in two ways…
1. Get Your Kids Involved in Debate
I’m a walking sales pitch when it comes to debate (and academic speech, for that matter). Let’s face it, our schools drop the ball when it comes to speech, barely mandating a semester of public speaking before graduating. Adults know full well how important it is to have a speaking background, yet we are hardly prepared to do so.
Training Minds Ministry prepares people when they are at the perfect age to be prepared. Teenagers are learning and growing in this activity, unlike any activity available. I’m almost giddy at award ceremonies when I see the students succeed, and when parents tear up when their kids take their awards, I do the same!
2. Give to Training Minds Ministry
I’ll be honest: Our ministry is a break-even ministry that has a wish-list a mile high with a puny budget. We have no paid staff (not even me), only compensating for coaching work, and that isn’t much anyway. Our coaches, many of them working dads and college students, take their vacation time to coach the kids. We are constantly pinching pennies to continue the good work we’re doing. I’m not complaining–Wendy and I are frugal budgetary experts that make the most of what God gives us–but it’s disappointing when good work gets put aside for lack of finances.
We barely pulled off an expansion into speech training this last year. Now we teach much more than just debate: We teach extemporaneous, impromptu, literature interpretation, and apologetics. An exciting online class project was on our to-do lists that would have multiplied our efforts, but lack of funds and resources forced us to drop it. We also had to drop a scholarship fund we started in 2008, ultimately turning away families who could not afford the program.
You can assist our ministry by becoming an active supporter. We need your help to continue. We’d love for you to contribute to a ministry that is doing good work, training the next generation of leaders. Thank you for considering this!
Help support this great work!